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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-09)
Your favourite Chess / Go movie ?

All in topic :) .. may be instructive, what's your favourite Chess & Go movies, at least movies where the game appears.

Mine is probably "La diagonale du fou" (Dangerous Moves) by Richard Dembo, with Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Jean-Hugues Anglade & Michel Aumont... A great movie about a chess world championship that strangely looks like Karpov vs. Korchnoi.. or Fischer vs. Spassky, something between. Michel Piccoli is simply marvellous in this character :)

About Go I remember "Pi" and "Hero"... I did not see the famous "Hikaru No Go". Any others ?

Don Groves    (2007-04-09 04:33:46)
Chess movie

"Searching for Bobby Fischer" is about a young chess player. More info here:

Nick Burrows    (2007-04-09 11:44:31)
chess film

Luzhin Defence starring John Turturro & Emily Watson from about 5 years back was good. Based on a Nabikov book and following the perhaps cliched path of a troubled genius' slide into madness. Wonderfully acted with v.well researched chess scenes with real positions on the boards!

Mikhail Ruzin    (2007-04-09 15:40:07)
Go movie

"The Go Masters" (Mikan no taikyoku) 1982. Prize of the Ecumenical Jury on Canadian Film Festival (1983) "The Go Master" (2006) The member of 44th New York Film Festival. The subject of the film is the legendary Go player Go Seigen.

Mikhail Ruzin    (2007-04-09 15:50:04)
Mikan no taikyoku

Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess). It soon becomes evident that the Chinese master's son is the most talented player that the Japanese master has ever encountered, and he convinces the boy's father to let him bring the child back to Japan to train him as a professional Go player. Years pass, and as the young Chinese master grows to maturity in Japan, the Japanese invasion of China forces him to choose between his triumphant career and his loyalty to his native country. His decision is complicated by his marriage to the daughter of the Japanese master, with whom he has produced a child. His choice will profoundly alter the lives of two families. Their saga serves as a reflection of the tragic relations between their two great countries, and the possibility of reconciliation and healing. Summary written by Simon Levy {levy (at)}

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-09 18:20:26)
Chess & Go movies

Luzhin defense is a nice film, but more about love than chess... :)

I heard about "The Go Master" about the life of Go Seigen... Waiting for seeing it !

About french movies, I'll also mention "Qui perd gagne" with Thierry Lhermitte, producted by a good chess player and friend, Daniel Wuhrman, I knew at Fontainebleau chess club :)

Jason Repa    (2007-04-10 00:13:32)
chess movie

I can't speak for Go, but there hasn't been a good chess movie yet. By far the absolute worst was "Searching for Bobby Fischer" which was a predictable prozaic drama that had nothing whatsoever to do with Bobby Fischer, or chess (real chess) for that matter. Dembo's "Dangerous Moves" was a pass. At least it was actually about chess. It was loosely based on a Karpov - Korchnoi championship but the character who was supposed to be Karpov was the older man. Neither of the actors were convincing in their attempt to portray top chess grandmasters. It would be nice to see a factual and well made movie about chess. Perhaps the Bobby Fischer story. I think an actor like James woods would be perfect to play an older Fischer.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-10 00:32:54)
chess movie

Nice idea ! (James Woods as Bobby Fischer)

Maybe you're right, a good chess movie is to be done yet.. but I quite like some of these ones... and what about John Dahl's "Rounders" with Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro and John Malkovich about Poker ?

Waiting for a movie from Stefan Zweig's novel "The Royal Game" (Le joueur d'échecs).. huh actually it has been made already, did anyone see it ??

Jason Repa    (2007-04-10 01:03:22)

I did enjoy this movie. I like alot of Edward Norton and John Malkovich's work. Speaking of Malkovich, did you see the comedy "Art School Confidential"? I thought it was hillarious. It's amazing to see the range of that actor. He's played everything from cold-blooded serial killers to effeminate Fine Arts professor's.

Charlie Neil    (2007-04-15 15:53:44)
Chess fever

Best chess movie. You Tube had it. Quiz name the grandmaster(s)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-16 05:32:18)
Chess fever

Thanks for info :) .. looks interesting !